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  • Rare Earth Elements

    The U.S. began the march toward the use of rare Earth metals - essential ingredients in everything from smart phones and computers to cars and missiles - but has left most of their mining and processing to others. China now dominates this crucial industry, which worries the U.S. government.
  • CIF's Grab for Oil and Minerals

    This story examines how a well-connected Chinese conglomerate eased out its Western rivals and wrangled lucrative resource deals in Africa. Its competitive edge? Promises of billions of dollars worth of infrastructure projects, most of which never materialized.
  • Toxic Showdown

    Rita Smith's husband Steve won his court case with his former employer Searles Valley Minerals regarding the toxins that killed thousands of migratory birds in a nearby lake.
  • Royalty-In-Kind Invesgation

    The Project on Government Oversight (POGO) has been investigating federal royalty collections since 1995. Oil and gas royalty collections make up the second largest source or government revenue, but throughout POGO's investigations, there have been many concerns as to whether the federal government is collecting all of the money that oil and gas companies owe to taxpayers for drilling on federal lands. Based upon talking to insiders with the Department of the Interior (DOI), POGO conducted the first study to link the management problems that plague the agency with the structural design of the Royalty-in-Kind (RIK) program, as advocated by the oil and gas industry. This series of stories investigated royalty collection at DOI, with a sharp focus on the Minerals Management Service (MMS) and their management of Royalty-In-Kind program. The series found that not only did MMS have an overly close relationship with the industry that they were supposed to be overseeing, but that industry influence had been pervasive and could be traced from the program's inception through its expansion into the full-blown program that exists today. Additionally, the series of stories found that there are extensive inappropriate auditing of royalty payments between MMS employees and the oil and gas industry, insufficient auditing of royalty payments, serious mismanagement of the RIK program, and a debilitating lack of transparency in the program. These findings call the legitimacy of the RIK program into question, and particularly raise questions as to whether this program can effectively pursue royalty collection on behalf of taxpayers.
  • Herbal Rx: The promises and pitfalls

    Consumer Reports tells how "... the intake of over-the-counter supplements has reached critical mass... Also growing: the number of doctors and pharmacists adding prestige to these products. Studies suggest that some supplements may work as advertised. And there's little evidence that most people who take them are putting themselves in peril. But with prices that rise to more than 30 cents a pill, consumers can spend lots of money on products with little or no proven efficacy."
  • Herbal healing

    Time reports on the growing market of herbal remedies. More and more Americans are supplementing and replacing prescription medicines with a profusion of pills and potions that contain various medicinal herbs, vitamins and minerals.
  • Is the FDA Subverting Your Freedom

    The Eye accuses the FDA of being slow in approving drugs and unconstitutionally egregious in going after already legal substances like vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements.
  • Herbal Warning

    Health-food stores have built a new natural-drug culture, but how safe are their wares? Newsweek investigates the consequences of a 1994 Congressional bill classifying vitamins, minerals and herbs as food supplements rather than drugs. The herbs are touted as harmless cures for weight gain, low energy and low spirits, however, many turn out to be deadly.
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    Phoenix Gazette looks through the state Land Department's records; finds mining companies had taken over $200 million worth of gold, copper and minerals out of the state illegally, and the cattle industry enjoyed a $300 million public subsidy through low-cost grazing fees, Nov. 23 - 25, 1988.
  • How detective work helped SEC to crack St. Joe Minerals case

    Wall Street Journal article brings to light the detective work done by the Securities and Exchange Commission to break an insider-trading case involving foreign banks, June 6, 1986.